Chapter 9. Mood and Modal Verbs
Mood is the manner or form of verbs in which they serve to indicate their
function in a sentence. There are four types of mood, namely, Indicative, Imperative,
Subjunctive, and Infinitive.
Indicative mood indicates simple statement of fact or a question. as (a)
Honesty is the best policy (b) Is it true?
Imperative Mood expresses a command and or a request, advice, or prayer.
(a) Go ahead.
(b) Please give me a book.
(c) Give everyone the ear and few thy voice.
(d) O God, give us strength to own our weakness.
Subjunctive mood expresses a wish, or purpose, or condition or a supposition
contrary yo the fact. such as
(a) Long live the king.
(b) Oh! had I the wings of a dove!
(c) If he be there, it may not happen.
Mind that subjunctive mood implies a mere supposition while Indicative mood
implies a fact. as:
(i) I wish it were possible.
(ii) If I was strong enough to work, I am strong enough to look after me.
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